McMaster food strike holding up traffic

Hamilton Spectator, January 7, 2011 :

Hamilton : McMaster’s food-service workers rejected the university’s last contract offer in voting late Thursday, and set up pickets by 6 a.m. Friday. Police reported significant delays getting onto the campus and warned of a 30-care lineup out onto Main Street asw pickets held up vehicles.

The lineup at the Sterling Street entrance goes all the way back to King.

GO Transit was forced to reroute its buses. Bus access to the campus is not currently available. Westbound trips disembark at Main at Bowman and eastbound trips board at Main and Emerson.

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Workers Plan To Vote On Disney Contract, January 7, 2011 :

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida : Officials at Walt Disney World will meet with a workers’ union on Friday to negotiate a new contract.

Officials said they’re bringing the contract up for a second vote.

Sources said issues remain with wages and insurance, which are a major factor for many workers.

If the contract is not accepted on Friday, workers have said they’ll go on strike.

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Israel : Ports Strike Resolved with 6% Wage Increase

Diamond News, January 6, 2011 :

The three-day general strike in Israel’s seaports has been resolved with a 6% wage increase, Bloomberg reports. Histadrut Labor Federation negotiator Avi Nissenkoren sent out a statement by e-mail in which he called the deal a “fair agreement for both sides.” According to Bloomberg, the raise will be paid out in two three-percent increments in the two years of the new contract, and the junior workers hired as recently as 2005 will receive an extra 5% raise – bringing their total salary increase to 11%.

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Domestic workers’ strike tomorrow in Kerala

The Hindu, January 6, 2011 :

Domestic workers in Kerala would strike work tomorrow demanding that the government constitute a board for taking up welfare measures in the sector and formulate a legislation to protect the rights of the workers.

Sister Sali Michael, co-ordinator of the state unit of National Domestic Workers’ Movement, told reporters here today the workers would start a campaign across the State from tomorrow in co-operation with the women’s group SEWA.

Public meetings would be held at several centres in various districts tomorrow as part of the campaign.

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Unity against Unemployment in Iraq – UAU

Founding declaration of the Organization ofUnity against Unemployment in Iraq – UAU

The economy in Iraq was destroyed by war which had led to wide spread of poverty and deprivation in society. The devastation of war and spread of terrorism and fighting was accompanied by the destruction of infrastructure and the loss of jobs and widespread of unemployment among workers and the absence of a system of social benefit for the unemployed and rapid deepening of miserable situation for millions. This is happening at the time when vast wealth has been accumulating in the hands of few bourgeois groups and parties, while poverty is widespread among the majority and the gap between classes is widening.

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Cyprus : Slaughterhouse workers to strike

Cyprus Mail, January 5, 2011 :

WORKERS at the island’s main slaughterhouse decided yesterday to go on strike over the management’s failure to pay their 13th salary.

“Unfortunately they have yet found money to pay 13th salary,” SEK trade union representative Nicos Tampas said. “Workers are also worried they won’t be getting their January salary.”

Workers at the state-owned Kofinou slaughterhouse had warned of strike measures before the holidays, when they decided to stay away from any overtime work.

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Workers at Surat Diamond Polishing Company Demand Wage Hike

January 5, 2011 :

Work has resumed at the Kesri Exports diamond polishing firm in Surat after several hundred workers demanded a raise of 30%, the Times of India reports.

The diamond company says it pays its employees 40% above the standard wages in the local diamond industry and therefore there is no question of raising workers’ pay.

A representative of Kesri Exports told the Times that the firm was “the top pay master in the industry” and said that some people had been “instigated to create a scene.”

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Israel : Port workers still on strike

Globes, 5 january 2011 :

The Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commercetoday petitioned the National Labor Court for an injunction against the ports strike, which it says is causing needless damage to the Israeli economy. The Chambers of Commerce asked the court to order the ports’ workers back to full work immediately while simultaneously negotiating with the Ministry of Finance for three more months.

Chambers of Commerce president Uriel Lynn said, “There is no alternative to petitioning for an injunction, since neither the Ministry of Finance nor the Knesset is willing to deal with the core problem of strikes by groups of workers for critical and sensitive services in the public sector, and which, if it continues, will bring about the collapse of the economy.”

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Birmingham : Union chief joins Heinz strike fight

Wigan Today, January 4, 2011 :

A UNION chief has given Wigan strikers fresh resolve in their pay fight.

Birmingham, UK : Unite general secretary-elect Len McCluskey made a surprise visit to the picket lines outside Heinz Kitt Green to encourage 1,200 production workers locked in an increasingly bitter dispute with bosses at Europe’s biggest canned food plant.

And he told members involved in the third and final 24-hour walkout of the year: “The company can easily afford to settle the dispute.”

The next strike is planned for tomorrow but further talks are set to take place today.

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Bangkok : Burmese migrant workers stage labour rights protest

Mizzima, January 3, 2011 :

More than 300 Burmese migrant workers protested against labour rights violations today in Bangkok.

Burmese employees of the SYK Autopart Import-Export Co. Ltd in Thakarm Road, Bangkhunthian, successfully pressed the company to meet six key demands.

The demands included the right to paid national holidays, the right to medical leave, and the right to obtain temporary passports and work permits, as well as for the installation of CCTV cameras in the workplace so hours of work could be properly recorded.

The workers protested in company uniforms.

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